One of the latest treatments for back pain is the use of tennis balls for self-massage and acupressure exercises.
For self massage they suggest that you lie on a mat with two tennis balls under your back, and roll up and down. The balls then massage the muscles and ligaments around your spine. This then stretches the muscles and surrounding tissue, increasing blood flow and nutrients to the area to help ease pain.
For specific acupressure using your tennis ball lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor or sofa if you cannot get onto the floor. Your knees should be separated by about the width of your hips. Then raise your hips slightly and slide the tennis ball under one of them. Come back down and rest on the ball. You can treat both sides of your body and the sides of your hips.
For more advice on self massage contact BackCare on 0845-1302704 or visit http://www.backcare.org.uk and for tennis ball acupressure buy the book ‘Tennis Acupressure’ by Clair Davies.